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[ puh-roh-kee-uh l ]
/ pəˈroʊ ki əl /


of, relating to, or financially supported by one or more church parishes: parochial churches in Great Britain.
of or relating to parochial schools or the education they provide.
very limited or narrow in scope or outlook; provincial: parochial views; a parochial mentality.



Nearby words

parnell shout, parnell, charles stewart, parnellite, parnis, parocheth, parochial, parochial church council, parochial school, parochialism, parochialize, parodic

Origin of parochial

1350–1400; late Middle English parochialle < Late Latin parochiālis (see parish, -al1); replacing Middle English parochiele < Anglo-French parochiel < Late Latin as above
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British Dictionary definitions for inter-parochial


/ (pəˈrəʊkɪəl) /


narrow in outlook or scope; provincial
of or relating to a parish or parishes
Derived Formsparochialism, nounparochiality, nounparochially, adverb

Word Origin for parochial

C14: via Old French from Church Latin parochiālis; see parish
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Word Origin and History for inter-parochial



late 14c., "pertaining to a parish," from Anglo-French parochiel (late 13c.), from Old French parochial, from Late Latin parochialis "of a parish" (c.600), from parochia (see parish).

Figurative sense, "limited, narrow," as if confined to a small region, is from 1856 (also see parochialism). Parochial school is attested from 1755.

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